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Belvoir (Reception)

Welcome to Belvoir Class

Here your child will start on a learning journey filled with exciting and appealing experiences in an inspiring indoor and outdoor environment.   

Children in Belvoir class typically learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. The children continue to follow the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum.   

During spring term, we will continue to follow the children’s interests to develop their learning further, as well as looking at the environment around us.  Changes in the seasons and festivals around the world will be woven into our curriculum to enhance the children’s experiences.

During our Literacy sessions we will be applying all the skills and sounds we have been taught in our phonics sessions. This will progress quickly onto writing longer sentences and stories. Children will be using their phonic knowledge to read and write simple words through sounding out. Watch out for the new graphemes (sounds) and tricky words appearing in the phonics books.   

In maths, we will be focusing on your child’s understanding of numbers to 20 and beyond.  We will be learning how to count to and past 20, to order numbers and to form numbers correctly.  The children will also be taught how to add and subtract practically. For space, shape and measure we will be describing 2D and 3D shapes, ordering items by length, weight and capacity.  We will also explore how to use and apply positional language and time sequences.

PE days in Belvoir class are Tuesdays and Thursdays, please put your child’s name in all uniform, it easily gets lost! Please also make sure your child has suitable trainers (with velcro fastenings) and tracksuit for outdoor PE sessions.

Your child will already have learnt a great deal by the time he/she enters or school.  Most children attend Nursery or Playgroup or for others school will be his/her first experience as part of a group.  We endeavour to make this transition as smooth as possible.

The aims of the Belvoir Class Team are to:

  •  Provide a well supported and resourced learning environment.

  •  Meet the emotional, spiritual and educational needs of each child.

  •  Help children learn and provide opportunities for all children to succeed.

  •  Provide an atmosphere of care and of feeling valued.

  •  Encourage each child to become independent.

Young children learn best through play. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, think about problems and relate to others.  Through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities, we will provide your child with a range of purposeful play activities which ensure their learning is challenged and developed. 

Reception children continue to follow the EYFS curriculum they began in Nursery which is made up of 3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas of learning and development. All areas are important and inter-connected and centre on the individual needs of each child. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and Language - Listening and attention, Understanding and Speaking. 

  • Physical Development - Moving and Handling and Health and Self Care. 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development - Making Relationships, Self Confidence and Self Awareness and Managing feelings and Behaviour.

The prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy - Reading and Writing 

  • Mathematics – Numbers and Shape, Space and Measure 

  • Understanding the World - People and Communities, The World and Technology 

  • Expressive Arts and Design - Exploring and using media and materials and Being imaginative.                                                                                                                     

Things that you can do at home to help your child are to:

  • Reinforce the sounds covered each day in class by completing the sound book sent home - practise the sound of the letter and the correct formation of the letter as shown in the book.

  • Look over key words with your child (also in the sound book) and encourage the recognition of these words in any order.

  • Practise name writing. Please make sure your child uses lower case letters except for their initial letter.

  • Share reading books, discussing plots, characters and their feelings, as well as simply decoding the text.

  • Draw your child’s attention to numbers in their environment e.g. telephones, door numbers, car number plates etc. Count things around the home. How many windows do we have etc?

  • Encourage your child to dress themselves for school and take their uniform off at the end of the day to promote independence.


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Ryhall CE Academy

Church Street

Ryhall Stamford